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Phosphorus in Action

Biological Processes in Soil Phosphorus Cycling

  • Else Bünemann
  • Astrid Oberson
  • Emmanuel Frossard

Part of the Soil Biology book series (SOILBIOL, volume 26)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Methods

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Ashlea L. Doolette, Ronald J. Smernik
      Pages 3-36
    3. Else K. Bünemann, Bartlomiej Prusisz, Knut Ehlers
      Pages 37-57
    4. Emmanuel Frossard, David L. Achat, Stefano M. Bernasconi, Else K. Bünemann, Jean-Claude Fardeau, Jan Jansa et al.
      Pages 59-91
    5. Andrea Schnepf, Daniel Leitner, Sabine Klepsch, Sylvain Pellerin, Alain Mollier
      Pages 113-133
  3. Processes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 135-135
    2. Jan Jansa, Roger Finlay, Håkan Wallander, F. Andrew Smith, Sally E. Smith
      Pages 137-168
    3. David L. Jones, Eva Oburger
      Pages 169-198
    4. Lydie Chapuis-Lardy, Renée-Claire Le Bayon, Michel Brossard, Danilo López-Hernández, Eric Blanchart
      Pages 199-213
    5. P. Nannipieri, L. Giagnoni, L. Landi, G. Renella
      Pages 215-243
    6. Timothy S. George, Ann-Mari Fransson, John P. Hammond, Philip J. White
      Pages 245-271
  4. Ecosystems and Management

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 273-273
    2. Claire Jouany, Pablo Cruz, Tanguy Daufresne, Michel Duru
      Pages 275-294
    3. Thomas R. Fox, Bradley W. Miller, Rafael Rubilar, Jose L. Stape, Timothy J. Albaugh
      Pages 317-338
    4. Sasha C. Reed, Alan R. Townsend, Philip G. Taylor, Cory C. Cleveland
      Pages 339-369

About this book


Phosphorus (P) is a finite resource which is essential for life. It is a limiting nutrient in many ecosystems but also a pollutant which can affect biodiversity in terrestrial ecosystems and change the ecology of water bodies. This book collects the existing, up-to-date information on biological processes in soil P cycling, which to date have remained much less understood than physico-chemical processes. The methods section presents spectroscopic techniques, characterization of microbial P forms, as well as the use of tracers, molecular approaches and modeling of soil-plant systems. The section on processes deals with mycorrhizal symbioses, microbial P solubilization, soil macrofauna, phosphatase enzymes and rhizosphere processes. On the system level, P cycling is examined for grasslands, arctic and alpine soils, forest plantations, tropical forests, and dryland regions, while aspects of P management with respect to animal production and cropping are also presented. The final chapter examines the interactions between global change and P cycling.


Global change Mycorrhiza Rhizosphere Soil-plant systems Symbiosis

Editors and affiliations

  • Else Bünemann
    • 1
  • Astrid Oberson
    • 2
  • Emmanuel Frossard
    • 3
  1. 1.Inst. PflanzenwissenschaftenETH ZürichLindauSwitzerland
  2. 2.Inst. PflanzenwissenschaftenETH ZürichLindauSwitzerland
  3. 3.Inst. PflanzenwissenschaftenETH ZürichLindauSwitzerland

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